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Davis ranked among the National League's most feared power hitters in the late 1980's and was arguably the only legitimate home run threat to inhabit Houston's lineup in the years between Jimmy Wynn and Jeff Bagwell. The strapping first baseman began the 1985 season in Tucson (Pacific Coast League), hitting .305 in 60 games there being called up to Houston when Terry Puhl was injured in June. Overcoming the dead air of the Astrodome, where fly balls historically do not carry well, he ripped 20 HR in 350 at-bats, earning a spot on the Topps All-Rookie Team.
1986 was Davis' first full season in the majors, and the 25-year-old hit .265 with 32 doubles, 31 HR, and 101 RBI to finish second behind Mike Schmidt in the NL MVP voting as the Astros won the NL West. In his first NLCS at bat he homered off Dwight Gooden to account for all the scoring in Houston ace Mike Scott's 1-0 shutout of the Mets. A notorious streak hitter, Davis added 27 HR in 1987 (including three in one game September 10th), 30 in 1988, and in 1989 became the first player in Astros history to hit 20 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons when he connected for 34 circuit blasts and merited his second All Star selection. He extended his streak in 1990 (22 HR in 327 AB) despite being limited to 93 games by a wrist injury.
In January 1991 the Astros sent Davis to Baltimore in exchange for young starters Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling and young outfielder Steve Finley. While the Orioles had visions of 40 home runs from Davis in the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium, the move turned out to be a colossal bust for the club. While Davis managed just three injury-plagued and unproductive seasons for Baltimore, Harnisch, Schilling and Finley would all go on to enjoy long and distinguished careers in the National League.